The League of Regrettable Superheroes
By Jon Morris
Hardcover, 255 pages
I received this book for free from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.
This is a compilation of real (well…you know) superheroes that didn’t seem to make the cut, for various reasons like bad timing, too many similar supes already soaring across the pages of other comics, or bad concepts. It spans across several decades, starting from the late 1930s and continuing through the 1990s.
This was a fun and funny book. I chuckled quite a few times at some of the more outrageous character concepts, such as Fatman, who is…well…fat, and who can also transform into a rocketship, Pow-Girl who only appeared in one issue, disguised as a superhero in order to keep an eye on her own hero husband and make sure he stayed safe, and Kangaroo Man, who controls a talking, fighting, semi-anthropomorphic kangaroo. Each short-lived hero gets a page or two documenting their creation and powers with a full-color picture page and a little sidebar about who created them, when and where they debuted and a little quip. Eg: Pat Parker, War Nurse “Not to be confused with: Bob Barker, game show host; Ma Barker, gangster.” I’m not a huge fan of comics, but I found this to be an entertaining and interesting look into some of the many forgotten heroes. I would definitely recommend this for any comic book fans or superhero geeks!
Here are some bonus pictures: